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  1. Hi Adam, one thing I would add to Dave's fine advice is to check the pricing and availability of the spare spools for the reel you end up choosing - and along with the floating line that Dave suggested, is get an extra spool and get a medium sink line on it. I too fish mostly lakes (but hope to change that this year!), and personally, I find that I use a sinking line more often. It's definitely nice to be able to do the quick switch of lines. I have a couple sinking lines - a #3 which is a medium sink line, and also a faster #5 sink that I use in deeper lakes. I use an Okuma Sierra reel - which was around $80 iirc - and spare spools were around $28-$35 (depending upon where you buy them). Been very happy with the reel (its the second reel I've purchased - the first was a Scientific Angler large arbour reel - which had a less than satisfactory drag). Good luck! I know I was instantly 'hooked' the first time I tried fly fishing!
  2. lol... and then thanks all us visitors for checking out her beaver!
  3. doh!! I just went to head over, and our van is doa... like the battery is dead or something. Left a message at the seniors centre for vince/brian... Can someone pm me a cellphone # for Vince or Brian? Sorry guys... murphy strikes again
  4. I will be there at 3:00 - see ya then...
  5. Had to work last week, but I'm off next week, so I can help out, just say what time... Have minivan...
  6. Came across a site this weekend that I thought was pretty good... http://www.flyfishradio.com - they have podcasts that are devoted to fly fishing. So far they've done almost 30 episodes, and I've managed to listen to 2 so far. Some of the podcasts include interviews with various fly fishing personalities, and they typically key in on a fly pattern or two, which they post on the flyfishing.com website.
  7. When I'm carrying all my 'stuff' to the water, I just slip the Fishing Buddy into one of the carrying straps on my tube... not much trouble at all, and keeps it out of my way. For a big hike, it would really depend, I would probably consider just leaving the unit at home. If weight is a real concern, a finder is certainly an optional piece of equipment... nice to have, for sure, but definitely not a necessity. You might take into consideration the batteries...their weight & bulk. I believe a lot of the portable finders use a larger cell for power. Not sure what these weigh... but the 1200 uses 3 C cells, which will last for about 40 hours of use. Added to that, with it mounted in the float tube holder, the screen is more out of the way I think, compared to a 2 piece portable finder, where the finder screen would be sitting on top of the tube.
  8. Good point Vince... the most useful aspect of the finder is definitely getting 'the lay of the land' - the drop offs etc... There have certainly been many times where the finder isn't marking anything below me, and I'm catching fish, or the inverse.... where fish are being marked like crazy, yet I'm not catching anything (that's likely my skillz though , or lack of )
  9. I have a Fishing Buddy 1200 - no GPS unfortunately, but it does have sidescan, which is useful when working the shoreline. It's also quite thrilling to be stripping your line in, and marking a fish following it toward you. Being a one piece unit its very easy to get set up on the tube and get out on the water. It's also very versatile, as it works equally well on a boat or canoe. I don't believe the 1200 is available anymore, but they have a 4200 out now... with a larger screen, wider scanning cone, and I'm sure a few other improvements (still no GPS I'm afraid)
  10. Bear spray? what do you need that for? Or is that for your wife while your away fishing? :lol: I'll bring my axe... it's even seen action fending off a grizzly in Bowron Lakes a number of years back....
  11. A man calls home to his wife and says, "Honey I have been asked to go fishing at a big lake up in Canada with my boss and several of his friends. We'll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting, so would you please pack me enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box. We're leaving from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk pajamas." The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. The following weekend he came home a little tired but otherwise looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish? He says, "Yes! Lot's of Walleye, some Blue gill, and a few Pike. But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?" The wife replies, "I did, they were in your tackle box." :lol:
  12. :lol: priceless! So how did the boat fair? Leak free?
  13. Not sure how many usenet junkies are out there, but there's an interesting thread (well, I thought it was anyway ) that got started a couple days ago in this newsgroup called Top 5 Fly list. There are a lot of common flys but one that seemed to get repeated a lot was called the "Usual" Anyone here know what that might be?
  14. Okay... will bring it in... look forward to the presentation! Cheers
  15. I have a 2-burner electric hot plate/stove that I could bring....might have some wort residue from previous homebrewing sessions... let me know...
  16. Awesome surprise night!!! Gotta love free pizza and beer! Was the hockey game any good?
  17. Did you 'Save for Web' from Photoshop? If you just choose 'Save' from Photoshop, you typically end up with a PSD file...which wouldn't be a valid format. 'Save for Web' will allow you to select from a few formats... jpg is typically what is used to post a photograph on the web. You can then scale and choose a suitable amount of compression to get the smallest file size, and best picture quality. With compression, you will sacrifice some image quality, so play around with it...its surprising how much you can compress an image sometimes, and still have totally acceptable quality.
  18. looks like you just need to make another 1900 posts or so....and sleeping 4 hours or so per day
  19. I've noticed pelicans at a couple other lakes as well, where I haven't seen them before...and even on the North Saskatchewan.... Personally though, I enjoy seeing them. I enjoy seeing them along with the herons and Osprey, which also seem to be much more common than in previous years. Always amazed at how huge those pelicans and herons can be. And it's a thrill watching the osprey diving after their prey and juggling some impressively sized trout as they head back to their nests.!
  20. BTW, this site only works with Internet Explorer
  21. I'll be sure to say hi Scratch! Look forward to trying the lake out. Dragon Troller and I should be there around 4:00 I suspect.
  22. I think that you access the lake off of 540 anyway... heading out there Wednesday...which will be my first time there
  23. Zoom in a couple levels on Scratch's google URL and you'll get the road names... Township Rd 540 is what Muir is on.
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